Sunday, October 31, 2010

Tropical Botanical Garden in Putrajaya

Tropical Botanical Garden

The tropics near the equator that stretches from Asia Pacific to Africa and South America received plenty of sunshine and rain throughout the year. As such, the diversity of the flora and fauna in these region still remains to be explored. Malaysia is located at 2 ° to 7 ° north of the equator has one of the oldest tropical forest in the world. The man made tropical botanical garden of Taman Botani was established in Putrajaya of which the landscape of the city was to be designed as the "City in the Garden". Taman Botani is one of the many gardens that has been gazetted for development as a tropical garden.

Covering an area of 230 acres or 93 hectares, the development of this park is divided into 3 phases. The first phase covering an area of 63 acres has been completed and is now open to the public. The more than 700 species of plants in this garden come from over 90 countries of the world.

The lush greeneries in the tropical botanical garden of Putrajaya

Taman Botani Overview

The garden is divided into 5 different themes. They are the Explorer's Trail, Palm Hill, Floral Gardens, Sun Garden and the Lakeside.

Explorer's Trail is located at the Visitor Centre to the garden where you can visit the Visitors' Interpretive Centre for an educational knowledge of the plant world before proceeding to go into the garden. This centre is opened daily but closed on Mondays. The opening hours is 10am to 6pm during weekdays and 10am to 7pm during weekends. The admission fee is RM3.

As you depart the building to go out, you will walk along the Canopy Bridge where you will be able to see the "tree top". Come back in a few years time and the trees would have grown into huge tall trees. As you descend from the bridge, you will see Heliconias plants such as bananas, Marnthas, Calatheas and the Traveller's Palm. Proceed on and you will see Vine Garden where a variety of vines such as Tecomarias can be found here. Take note and read the information about each type of tree on the informative material.

The Canopy Bridge at tropical botanical garden in Putrajaya

Palm Hill is the next theme that you will encounter. There are more than 50 species of palm trees. Notice the Rotan, the Chinese Fan Palm and the Umbrella Leaf Palm as you walk up the slope.

The Palm Hill

Sun Gardens as its name implies is a collection of plants that grow well in the bright sun. The flowers in this area react differently according to the time of the day. Notice the Brunfelsia flower which changes its colour daily from purple to pink to white. It is also known as Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

Floral Gardens have a collection of plants from Africa, America and the Asia Pacific region. The Flame Of The Forest and Plumbago are some of the species that originate form the African region. The Peacock Flower and Frangipani come from the American region. The Ficus tree from the region of Asia Pacific is a major source of food for the wildlife in Asia.

Lakeside has a collection of Ixora and Hibiscus. The Pandanus plants which have long, narrow, piny leaves and stilt roots can be seen here. There are also the Cannas with colourful and big flowers. As the trail comes near the end, you will be able to see the ferns that have been said to be in existence for more than 200 million year.

Facilities at the tropical botanical garden

The admission to the garden if FREE. The big parking area is available to the public for a fee of RM1. Tram services are available for a fee of RM4 for adult and RM3 for children. If you want to sweat if out, bicycle and paddle boat can be rented from Tuesdays to Sundays. If you are hungry, the Putrajaya Seafood Restaurant is just by the garden. It is open daily from 11am to 11pm.
Further information on the tropical botanical garden can be obtained by calling Tel: +6 03 8888 9090

Bicycle for Rent

Getting here

If you intend to come by bus, take the Cityliner bus 868 from Sinar Kota, Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya. The fare is around Rm2.60 and it operates from 6:30am to 10pm at night. From the bus terminal in Putrajaya, take a Nadi Putra bus here.

If you come by train, use the ERL KLIA transit train that departs from KL Sentral or KLIA. The train operates from 5:30am to 1am daily with an interval of 30 minutes. At the Western Transportation Terminal in Putrajaya, take the Nadi Putra bus and you will arrive here.


Saturday, October 30, 2010

Kuala Lumpur Lake Garden

Kuala Lumpur Lake Garden is also known as Taman Tasik Perdana (Perdana Lake Garden) and is the first public park in the city. It provides a big recreational area for city folks who need to take a break from the normal routine and busyness of the city. Built around 2 lakes and many other attractions, this lush greeneries garden has jogging tracks and walking trails for those who need to sweat it out, usually in the evening.

The Kuala Lumpur Lake Garden

This park was officially opened on May 1, 1975 by the second Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Haji Abdul Razak Hussein. The park has an area of approximately 92 hectares. The attractions that has been developed for public use includes:

  • Orchid Garden has a varieties of 800 species of orchids. Take pictures and purchase a pot or two back at the shop within the compound.
  • Hibiscus Garden has many varieties of hibiscus. The locals called it "Bunga Raya" and is the national flower of Malaysia.
  • KL Butterfly Park has more than 6,000 butterflies with over 120 species. You can also visit the souvenir shop and insect museum.
  • KL Bird Park has the world's largest walk-in free flight aviary. It has more than 3,000 birds of various species.
  • Boathouse has facility for an hour or so of family boating on the lake.
  • Deer Park has many spotted deer from Holland. Feeding is allowed but the food has to be purchased from the ticketing counter.

The beautiful landscape of the garden.

The hibiscus structure in the middle of the garden

As the area within the park is big, you should consider taking the park's transportation at a cost of RM0.50 per person. It will take you to the various attractions around the garden.

The National Monument and ASEAN Sculpture Garden are located opposite the KL Lake Garden. Take a breeze stroll to this well maintained place.

Getting here

Taking taxi to this place is the most convenient method of transport. You can enter the park from the National Monument in Jalan Parlimen or from the National Mosque in Jalan Perdana.

If you do not mind walking, take the KTM Komuter and stop at Bank Negara station. The Lake Garden is approximately 15 to 20 minutes walk from the station.


Friday, October 29, 2010


KLCC Park is just located outside of Suria and Petronas Twin Towers. If you need a breather after being indoor the whole day, take time off and enjoy the 50 acre tropical landscape that was designed by Brazilian master of gardens, the late Roberto Burle Marx. It is designed as a "piece of art" using the combination of trees, shrubs, wood, stones and water features making it a dynamic garden for one to enjoy.

There are over 1900 indigenous trees and 74 species of palms planted here to encourage the bio diversity of the park. Many of these species were matured species that were transplanted from the former Selangor Turf Club.

A picture of the city centre taken from the park

Children's Pool and Playground

For children below 12 years old, there is a big children pool for them to play. It is open from 10:00am to 7:30pm during weekdays (Tuesday to Fridays) and 10:00am to 9:30pm during weekends. Take note that the pool is closed for maintenance on Mondays when it is not a public holidays. During the school holidays, the pool is opened throughout the week.

The park also has a 2 acre children's playground for children to sweat it out. Good facilities are provided for children to play here. Facilities include slides, swings, monkey bars and see-saw. The playground is laid with a special rubber material called Ethylene Propylene Deine Modified for the comfort and safety of the children.

The KLCC 2 acre playground with good facilities for children to play

The children's pool

Symphony Lake

The Symphony Lake has two fountains with intelligent display of water. It has 5 programmes with 380 individually sequenced effects of water that shoot up to a maximum height of 42 m. The fountains are ON from 12pm to 2:00pm and 6:00pm to 11:00pm during the weekdays. It is ON from 10:00am to 12 midnight during public holidays and weekends.

The Symphony Lake

Jogging Track

For those of you who are keen to sweat it out, you can use the 1.3 km jogging track. It is also laid with a special rubber material called Ethylene Propylene Deine Modified for the comfort and safety of joggers.

The Jogging Track

Other Facilities

Other facilities that are provided at the park are benches, rest areas, public toilets, drinking water and an elevated bridge for visitors to view the beauty of the park, the twin towers and the city's skyscrapers.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tanjung Piai National Park, Johor

Tanjung Piai

Tanjung Piai National Park covers an area of 926 ha out of which 526 ha consists of coastal mangroves and 400 ha of intertidal mudflats. Mudflats are soft and muddy soil where creatures such as crabs, mudskippers, cockles and lizards thrive. Due to its vicinity to the sea, the mud has high salt content and low in oxygen levels. A few species of large water birds and shorebirds were seen to be feeding on these mudflats. These mangroves and mudflats are also critical to the survival of the migratory birds from the northern and southern hemisphere.

The platform of the southern most tip of mainland Asia for you to take a photo as a momento of your presence here

The mangroves in this Park is of a Rhizophora apiculata-Bruguiera cylindrica type dominated coastal forest. These mangroves help to protect the shoreline as the hinterland nearby are all cultivated farmlands. They protect the shoreline from flooding and erosion, hence the preservation of plants, birds and other species. Due to the increase in human activities and climate change, bunds were built along the coasts of this park to further protect the farmlands from the salt water. Those who are into the study of mangroves will be glad to know that there are over 20 mangrove plant species here.

The mangrove trees thrive here.

This park was a approved by the Johor State Government as Johor National Park in 1997 and was opened to the public in 2002. It was also declared as a RAMSAR Site on 31 January 2003. RAMSAR Site status means that the wetlands and their resources will be managed, conserve and wisely used according to the RAMSAR Convention on Wetlands of International Importance. It was gazetted as a Johor National Park on 26 Feb 2004.

This park is also popularly known as “The Southernmost Tip of Mainland Asia”. It just means that if you want to know where the southernmost part of Asia is, it is located here. There is a structure built near the coast for you to take a photo as a momento that you have been here. There are benches for you to sit and rest. It can be windy during certain time of the day. Do not expect this place to be as nice as other beaches as the water is muddy and dead trees are floating on certain stretch of the sea.

The gigantic structure with the map of the world.

The view of the sea at platform.

Animals and Birds

When Tanjung Piai National Park, look out for the dusky leaf monkeys, long-tailed macaques and migratory birds. The dusky leaf monkey is a very shy and secretive animal. They eat leaves and young leaves of Gedabu Sonneratia spp. tree. There isn't much activity you can do here but having a curious mind will help you to understand more about the nature of mangroves and mudflats as you read the information provided here. There are observatory towers that you can climb for a better view of the coast and the surrounding areas.

Try to spot the birds such as the sandpiper, red shank, green shank, the stork, whimbrel and plover. Raptors such as Brahming Kite and Osprey eagle can be seen here as well.
Fying fox, otter and wild boar may be spotted here if you are patient enough to look out for them.
As the place can be quite hot and humid in the afternoon, bring along a bottle of water, a cap and sun-block lotion. Wear a good walking shoes as you will be walking along the man-made planks. Plan to spend about an hour or so here and more if you are into learning mode.

Try to spot the shy dusky leaf monkey.

The 300m boardwalk enables you to reach out to the sea and enjoy the breeze.

Opening Hours

The opening hours is:
Tuesday to Friday - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays - 9:00am to 5:30pm
Closed on Monday
Entrance Fees: RM6 per adult and RM3 per child.

Getting Here

If you are coming from Kuala Lumpur, use the North South Expressway and exit at Simpang Renggam toll plaza. After that, go towards the direction of Pontian. There are signboards that will take you to Tanjung Piai.

If you are coming from Johor Bahru, take the Jalan Skudai Highway and go towards the direction of Pointian. You will reach Pekan Nenas. At Pekan Nenas, turn left at Sri Bunjan after which into Jalan Tenggayun. Follow the signages to the park.

Tanjung Piai Johor National Park
82030 Mukim Serkat, Pontian
Johor, Malaysia
Tel: +6 07 6969 712
The GPS Coordinates are: 01°16.00'N 103°30.46'E


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Redang Marine Park

Redang Marine Park

Even though the clusters of islands in Redang Island have already being gazetted as a marine park, the island of Pulau Pinang is often referred to as Pulau Redang Marine Park. The main reason is because the Terengganu Marine Park office is located on this island with facilities for the staff to stay. This island is located just south of the main island and near the main island jetty. If you are coming here with your family for the first time and would like to have a snorkelling experience, this island is where most tour operators will take you.

If you are staying at any of the resorts on the main island, you can rent the snorkelling equipment for RM10 to RM20 per day. Guests of Berjaya Redang Beach Resort has good packages with price ranging from RM30/adult for a 2.5 hours trip inclusive of all snorkeling equipment. Laguna Beach Resort also has their own boat to take you here. However, if you prefer a brand new mask and the tube, you should purchase your own from any of the supermarket in the city before coming here. Price of a snorkelling adult set excluding fins range from RM60/set onwards. Life jacket is recommended to be worn at all times during your snorkelling here especially if you have children.

The jetty at Pinang Island, a small island south of the main island. Takes you approximately 10 minutes to arrive from the main island jetty

The many benches that you can sit near the beach where you will be snorkelling

Remember to bring some bread with you before you go into the water. The instant you throw the bread into the water, there will be many colourful fishes that come to you. Fishes species that abound here include the various kinds of rabbitfish, parrotfish, grouper, scissortail sergeant and the moon wrasse. For safety reason, there is an area that is cordoned for you not to go beyond it in your enthusiasm of looking at the marine life here.

Towards the right hand side of the park, you will be able to see a shipwreck which you can go to. However, it is quite a distant from the beach and is not recommended for children who are still new to snorkelling. Corals and anemones can be seen thriving at the marine park. While snorkelling, be careful not to step on them as you could destroy them and hurt yourself in the process. Most tour operators will take you here for a total time of 2 to 3 hours. This place could be quite crowded during the peak season from June to September.

The snorkelling beach just beside the jetty. Notice the crystal clear water and white sandy beach as you enjoy your time here.

Another view of the Redang Marine Park at Pulau Pinang beach to the left of the jetty

Other Facilities

Other facilities that you can expect from this marine park are:

  • Information Centre
  • Washrooms
  • Open air bathing facility for the guys
  • Benches

See the map of redang islands below for further information. The Pinang Island is the second largest island here.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Kinabalu National Park, Sabah

The Kinabalu National Park is located in Sabah, approximately an hour and a half drive from the city of Kota Kinabalu. Covering an area of 754 square kilometres, the highest mountain in South East Asia called Mount Kinabalu is located here. This granite mountain is 4093 metres above sea level and is the focal point of this park.

Flora and Fauna
in Kinabalu National Park

If you plan to scale this mountain, be prepared to allocate at least 3 days for this feat. You will spend 2 nights in the mountain huts along the way to the peak. As you scale this mountain, you will see conifer forests, mountain streams, orchids and ferns. Hear the sound of insects that permeates the calmness and the stillness of the virgin forest. If you are fortunate, you may see and smell the maiden's veil fungus Dictyophora - a delicate plant with foul smelling mucous on the outer surface of its cap.

Climber's permit is required to climb Mount Kinabalu and can be purchased at Kinabalu Park. Adult fee is RM50 and children below 18 years is RM20. Make sure you build up your stamina prior to coming here by running, jogging, climbing stairs etc.
Some items you should bring include..

  • A pair of jogging or tennis shoes with good grip.
  • Warm clothing as the temperature up the mountain could go down to below freezing point.
  • Windbreaker, gloves, hat; packed all clothing in plastic bags to prevent them getting wet in the event it rained.
  • Torchlight.
  • Lightweight Binocular for a good view of the mountain.
  • Energy Foodstuff such as chocolate, raisins, nuts, biscuits..
  • Drinking water.

Flora And Fauna

There is an abundance of flora and fauna in this park. The diversity of plant life which has been preserved hundreds of years ago make it a worthwhile visit. Remember to bring along your camera to capture some of the amazing plants such as the pitcher plant and white necklace orchid. There are over 1,200 species of wild orchids which you may have bypassed without knowing it. It will be great if you could get a guide who will explain to you the various species of flora and fauna found in this park .

Orchid at Kinabalu
National Park

Accommodation at Kinabalu National Park

There are many affordable accommodation at Kinabalu Park. The rates are higher during the weekend hence if you are on tight budget, do plan your overnight trip during the weekdays. Nepenthes Villa is a 2 bedrooms unit that can accommodate 4 persons. Kinabalu Lodge has 4 bedrooms that can accommodate 8 persons. Rajah Lodge has 5 bedrooms for 10 persons. Hostels with dorms such as New Fellowship and Old Fellowship can accommodate 52 persons and 46 persons respectively.

Reservations can be made at Kinabalu Gold Resort Sdn Bhd.
Tel: +6 088 243629/ +6 088 245472
Fax: +6 088 242861

Stop by the Observatory TOWER on your way to Kinabalu Park

For those who are climbing the mountain, there are lodging facilities at 3353 metres and 3810 metres which serves as an overnight rest before ascending to the summit. Rest houses at 3353 m include Laban Rata Rest House, Gunting Lagadan hut, Panar Laban Hut and Waras Hut. Sayat-Sayat Hut is available at 3810 m. Climbers must bring their own food for cooking as the mountain huts facilities have only mattresses, gas cylinders and cooking utensils.

Pitcher Plant

Monday, October 25, 2010

Poring Hot Spring, Sabah

Poring Hot Springs is a must for every visitor who goes to Kinabalu Park. It is about half an hour's drive from Kinabalu Park. You will pass by the town of Kundasang and Ranau on your way here. The local Kadazan people call bamboo "Poring".

Entrance to the
Hot Spring

This place does have lots of bamboo trees. Upon your arrival, you will see a parking area, a reception area and a visitor centre. You can see the bamboo tree as you enter the park as shown in the picture above.

Hot Spring Pool

This hot spring was first developed by the Japanese during World War Two. One is able to see and use the many open air and indoor Japanese style baths facilities. The hot water is channeled from the source where the temperature is hot enough to boil eggs. The temperature of the water can be regulated by mixing it with the cold water which is channeled from the nearby river.

Hot Spring Stream

The hot spring is reputed to be good for health as it contains sulphur which is known for its curative properties for those with skin problems.

The open air type is more crowded and free of charge but the indoor type is for those who want to have time off by themselves. There is a fee charge for the rental of the indoor type based on the number of hours used.

Canopy Walk

Besides the hot spring, one can also explore the popular Canopy Walk. The total distance to complete the circuit is 2 km and the Canopy Walk makes up about 200 metres of the circuit. Built some 50 m above the ground, one has to be bold and stout hearted to do this walk as the canopy can be shaky and looks flimsy at times. Take heart, these hanging bridges are tested everyday before they are opened to the public.

Canopy Walk

For those who stay overnight in Poring Hot Spring, you can do a bit of jungle trekking along the banks of a winding river. After an hour or so walk (shorter path route), you will be able to see a 10m waterfall. The longer path route takes 3 hours to complete and ends with the view of a 100 m high waterfall.


If you choose to stay overnight at Poring Hot Spring, the facilities include Poring Chalet where a unit can accommodate 6 persons. The New Cabin has 2 bedrooms which can accommodate up to 4 persons. For those who come in big groups, there is the Youth Hostel which can house a total of 64 persons.

Reservations can be made at Kinabalu Gold Resort Sdn Bhd.
Tel: +6 088 243629/ +6 088 245472
Fax: +6 088 242861

Jungle Restaurant is the place where you unwind in the evening. As you dine, you will be able to hear the sound of insects and the sound of the rushing water in the nearby river. You may be able to see the natural "Christmas Light" when the fire flies come out to feed on the nectar of the tree leaves as night falls.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Maxwell Hill, Taiping Perak

History Of Maxwell Hill

Bukit Larut which was formerly known as Maxwell Hill is the oldest hill resort in Malaysia. It was establised in 1884 by William Edward Maxwell, Assistant British Resident of Perak to cater for the needs of the colonial officials who need a break from the heat of the lowlands. At 1,250 m above sea level, Bukit Larut's daily temperature ranges from 10 &degC to 25 &degC. Besides being the oldest hill, it also holds the record as the wettest place in Malaysia.

Gazetted as a permanent forest reserve in 1910, Maxwell Hill is one of the least developed hill resort in the country. There is no international standard hotel here and accommodation is basically bungalows and rest houses, some of which were built almost a century ago. This hill is also the smallest hill compared to the other hill resorts of Malaysia.

In a clear day, you will be able to see a panoramic view of the west coast of Malaysia from Penang down to Pangkor Island. Nature lovers will appreciate the daisies, tulips, pansies, marigold, roses, dahlias, petunias and sunflowers that are planted here.

One of the beautiful view of the valley from Bukit Larut

Bird Watching

As there are not much :thene park"  type of facilities on this hill, most of the visitors who come here are bird-watchers and nature lovers. The undeveloped hill has enabled many species of birds, squirrels and gibbons to flourish here. As you go up the hill, you will be able to see the lush tropical rainforests with various flora and fauna that grow in abundance here. Remember to bring along your binocular and camera to capture the colourful birds that perch on the trees and the surrounding plants.

Jungle Trekking

There are many jungle trails and one of the popular one is the Gunung Hijau trail. This trail leads you to the peak of Gunung Hijau at 1,449 m above sea level. Along the way, you will be able to see many species of birds, the vantage view of Taiping town, the exotic wild orchids, ferns and other flora and fauna.

Getting To Bukit Larut and Accommodation

Maxwell Hill is situated 9 km away from Taiping town and 290 km from the city of Kuala Lumpur. After arriving in Taiping town, go towards Taiping Lake Garden and follow the turning to Jalan Air Terjun towards the foot of the hill. From the foot of the hill, the journey up to the summit is by government Land Rover. The roads up the hill is steep and narrow with 72 sharp bends, so make sure you sit tight as the vehicle cruise up the hill.

The Land Rover operational hour is from 8am to 5pm daily with a frequency of 1 hour. Fees is about RM5 for adult and RM3 for children. Booking to take the 4-wheel drive can be done at:

Bukit Larut Recreational Area Office
Perak Darul Ridzuan

Tel : +6 05 8077 241/243
Bookings for accommodation at Cendana Bungalow, Beringin Bungalow, Rumah Hijau and Bukit Larut Rest House can be done at the bottom of the hill. However, it is always better to book in advance before going by calling the Bukit Larut Recreational Area Office.

After coming down the hill, make sure you drop by Taiping Lake Gardens and Taiping Zoo.

The tranquility of Maxwell Hill with beautiful tulips and sunflowers will surely entice you to come back again


Saturday, October 23, 2010

Bukit Tinggi Resort


About Bukit Tinggi Resort

Bukit Tinggi Resort recently was renamed Berjaya Hills but many still prefer to use the old name. This resort is about 60 minutes drive from the city of Kuala Lumpur and has an area of 16,000 acres with an abundance of lush tropical rainforests. Situated 800 m to 1,000 m above sea level, this resort will be an ideal destination for the entire family as the facilities here cater to people of all ages.

This refreshing and cool resort offers the Colmar Tropicale, a French-themed resort with activities such as outdoor dining and street performances. Equally impressive is the Japanese Village with attractions such as the tea house, the botanical gardens and spa. For golf enthusiasts, the Berjaya Hills Golf and Country Club offers an 18-hole picturesque golf course.

For the children, there is the Rabbit Park where they can play and cuddle with the more than 200 rabbits that are being kept in the park. Other activities are the Donkey Ride and the Deer Sanctuary for the entire family to enjoy.

Bukit Tinggi Colmar Tropicale

The distinctive Tropical Colmar, a replica of 18th century Colmar French Village in Alsace

One of the place you will not miss is the colourful Colmar Tropicale that remind us of the European fairy tale stories with tall building, clock and castle-like structure. This structure is not seen in any other parts of Malaysia hence making it an experience of a lifetime to many first timers. You will see a cobblestone courtyard where street performances and outdoor dining are held here. Notice the cuckoo clock tower and go up the viewing tower in the vicinity.
Other facilities available at the Colmar Tropicale are..

  • La Cignone Restaurant offers visitors an authentic French cuisine.
  • Le Blason Coffee House offers a 24-hour dining experience with international buffet being offered almost everyday.
  • La Flamme Sidewalk Deli has pizza and pasta, a common cuisine in Italy and France.
  • Le Poulet Roti provides roasted chicken to those who need additional energy after a long day's walk.
  • La Boulengarie Bakery and Le Vin Wine offer all the bakery and wine for your convenience.
  • Les Cadeaux French souvenir shop provides you with choices of souvenir to be brought back as a momento.
  • La Lavande Creations craft centre is another place where you can source for your souvenir.

The Colmar Tropicale Wishing Well

Japanese Village

As you move to the nearby Japanese Village which is set at an altitude of 1,000 metres above sea level, you will notice a beautiful landscape and well maintained garden with an invigorating surrounding. The village also offers a Japanese Restaurant that serves Japanese cuisine. There is also the Japanese Tea house which offers you a traditional Japanese tea ceremony experience.

The scenery in the vicinity of the Japanese Tea House

The Botanical Gardens set in the midst of lush tropical rainforests of Bukit Tinggi

While you are here, try feeding the Japanse Carp or popularly known as "Koi" in the streams and pools nearby. If you need to refresh you body, take a hot bath at the Tatami Spa. Finally, there is a Japanese souvenir shop that offers various souvenir for you to bring back as a remembrance of your trip here.

Other Facilities

Children of all ages will enjoy going to Rabbit Park where over 200 rabbits are kept here for you to cuddle, feed and play. Then there is the donkey rides that will take you back to the early days in the Middle East where donkeys were the main transporation used. If you have the time, go to Deer Sanctuary and you will see many spotted and Timorensis deers which originates from Holland and Sulawesi, Indonesia. Horse riding and archery are other activities that one can do to complete your trip to Bukit Tinggi Resort.

The clean and cosy environment at the Tatami Spa Massage at the Japanese Village

Day Trip Tickets

The day trip entrance ticket is:
1) RM12/adult and RM8/child for entrance to Colmar Tropicale and Japanese Village.
2) RM3/person to go to Rabbit Park.
3) RM2/person to go to Horse Trail.
You can purchase the tickets at the entrance to the resort.

Getting To Bukit Tinggi Resort

There are buses operated by Bukit Tinggi Resort that takes visitors up to Colmar Tropicale and back. You can take the shuttle bus at Berjaya Timesquare or KL Plaza at Bukit Bintang.
Further information can be obtained by calling +6 09 288 8888.
If you are driving and need a map to Berjaya Hills, visit Bukit Tinggi Resort website.

The beautiful 18-hole golf course at Bukit Tinggi Resort


Friday, October 22, 2010

Shah Alam Malaysia Agriculture Park

Shah Alam Malaysia Agriculture Park

Located in Shah Alam, Malaysia's first agriculture park was opened to the public since 1986. The 1,295 hectare of tropical rain forest and agriculture park is one of the largest in the world. Visitors come here to explore the many agricultural plants that are grown here. Paddy field is found here, so are cocoa trees, oil palm, rubber trees, coffee, coconut and other fruit trees.

There are many gardens in this park amongst which are the Spice Garden, Ornamental Garden, Orchid Garden, Cactus Garden, Bamboo Garden and Mushroom Garden. Bicycles are available for rent at the park while free bus service is provided to ferry visitors to various spots within the park. If you like fishing, there are lakes within the park that you can fish for a fee of RM2 per fishing rod.

The Paddy Field before it is harvested and cooked to be eaten as rice.

The complimentary bus service which is used to take visitors to various spots within the park.

Four Season House

The four season house at the Shah Alam Agriculture Park is one of the top attraction here. The entrance fee is RM3 per adult (12 years and above) and RM1 per child (4 to 11 years old). Take the coach provided by the park and ask the driver to drop you at the entrance to the four season house. You will probably spend 15 to 20 minutes here.
Winter season garden is exhibited from December to February.
Spring season garden is exhibited from March to May.
Summer season garden is exhibited from June to August.
Autumn season garden is exhibited from September to November.

The spring season at the four season house during the month of March to May.

See the video of the four season house during the Spring Season below. Notice the colorful tulips and flowers grown here.

Lake and Observation Tower

The lake in this park provides a sense of serenity and calmness away from the busy city life. There are jogging tracks that you can use around the lake. You will be able to see the fountain of water gushing up in the middle of the lake. The area around the lake is a good place for a time of picnic with your family. You will see some of the visitors using their fishing rods fishing around the lake.
There is an observation tower near the lake. Be careful when you use it as some of the planks are not in their place. The tower does need to be maintained for it to be useful again.

The viewing tower built beside the lake

Operating Hours and Fees

The operating hours of the park is from 8:30am to 4:30pm Tuesdays to Sundays. It is closed on Mondays except when Monday is a public or school holiday. The address and contact number of the Shah Alam Malaysia Agriculture Park are:
Taman Pertanian Malaysia
Bukit Cahaya Seri Alam,
40000 Shah Alam,
Selangor, Malaysia.
Tel : +603 5510 6922 / 5510 6923
The entrance fees to the park are:
RM3.00 for adult 12 years and above. RM1.00 for children 4 to 11 years old. RM1.00 for visitors 55 years and above.

Other charges are:
RM 10.00 license for 1 unit of video. RM3.00 for 1 hour of bicycle rental. RM2.00 for 3 hours use of the Swimming Pool

Getting Here

Take RapidKL bus number 63 or 338 from Kuala Lumpur and stop at the bus station near Maybank building in Shah Alam city centre. From here, take a taxi to the park.
The other way is to take the KTM Komuter train and disembark at Shah Alam Station. From here, take a taxi and you will reach the park in approximately 20 minutes time.

The lush greeneries at the Shah Alam Malaysia Agriculture Park


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